Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

33-9021 Private Detectives and Investigators

Gather, analyze, compile and report information regarding individuals or organizations to clients, or detect occurrences of unlawful acts or infractions of rules in private establishment.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
25,820 7.7 % $25.91 $53,890 3.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.58 $17.72 $22.24 $31.57 $40.19
Annual Wage (2) $30,330 $36,860 $46,250 $65,660 $83,600


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Investigation and Security Services 10,770 1.29 $25.06 $52,120
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,660 0.03 $25.74 $53,540
Legal Services 1,310 0.12 $28.91 $60,130
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,050 0.05 $25.06 $52,120
State Government (OES Designation) 820 0.04 $20.18 $41,970

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Investigation and Security Services 10,770 1.29 $25.06 $52,120
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 730 0.15 $30.00 $62,400
Legal Services 1,310 0.12 $28.91 $60,130
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation 270 0.10 $25.85 $53,770
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 460 0.09 $35.78 $74,420

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 70 0.02 $36.31 $75,520
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 460 0.09 $35.78 $74,420
Wired Telecommunications Carriers (8) (8) $33.06 $68,760
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 70 0.01 $32.83 $68,280
Elementary and Secondary Schools 130 (7) $31.30 $65,110


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 3,240 0.22 1.13 $28.04 $58,330
Florida 2,000 0.27 1.38 $21.15 $44,000
New York 1,850 0.21 1.10 $26.27 $54,640
Pennsylvania 1,660 0.29 1.51 $24.98 $51,950
Texas 1,510 0.14 0.71 $28.46 $59,200




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Missouri 1,020 0.38 1.97 $24.59 $51,150
Mississippi 320 0.30 1.52 $15.07 $31,340
Pennsylvania 1,660 0.29 1.51 $24.98 $51,950
Florida 2,000 0.27 1.38 $21.15 $44,000
Ohio 1,270 0.25 1.27 $20.51 $42,670




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey (8) (8) (8) $31.06 $64,610
Nebraska (8) (8) (8) $30.66 $63,770
Washington 340 0.12 0.62 $29.48 $61,320
Texas 1,510 0.14 0.71 $28.46 $59,200
California 3,240 0.22 1.13 $28.04 $58,330





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,110 0.28 1.43 $28.30 $58,870
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 760 0.21 1.06 $21.66 $45,060
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 570 0.11 0.56 $25.86 $53,790
Baltimore-Towson, MD 470 0.37 1.90 $25.38 $52,780
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 450 0.25 1.26 (8) (8)
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 440 0.20 1.05 $27.61 $57,430
Pittsburgh, PA 390 0.34 1.76 $23.28 $48,420
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 340 0.15 0.75 $24.63 $51,220
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 320 0.31 1.60 $19.39 $40,330
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 280 0.24 1.24 $20.41 $42,450




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Tallahassee, FL 120 0.77 3.95 $16.19 $33,670
Worcester, MA-CT 170 0.71 3.63 $25.63 $53,300
Fayetteville, NC 80 0.63 3.23 $31.88 $66,300
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 190 0.62 3.19 $21.10 $43,880
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 40 0.47 2.42 $21.26 $44,220
Syracuse, NY 110 0.37 1.90 $24.02 $49,960
Baltimore-Towson, MD 470 0.37 1.90 $25.38 $52,780
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 260 0.36 1.85 $21.82 $45,390
Pittsburgh, PA 390 0.34 1.76 $23.28 $48,420
Lafayette, LA 50 0.34 1.75 $18.51 $38,500




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 140 0.14 0.70 $41.15 $85,600
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 40 0.09 0.45 $40.94 $85,150
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 80 0.08 0.43 $38.67 $80,440
Lancaster, PA 50 0.21 1.07 $34.28 $71,300
Naples-Marco Island, FL (8) (8) (8) $32.49 $67,590
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $31.94 $66,430
Fayetteville, NC 80 0.63 3.23 $31.88 $66,300
Trenton-Ewing, NJ (8) (8) (8) $31.54 $65,610
Boulder, CO (8) (8) (8) $31.46 $65,430
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 40 0.05 0.26 $31.20 $64,890

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 60 0.31 1.60 $10.21 $21,250
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 50 0.34 1.74 $28.42 $59,110
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.17 0.89 $17.00 $35,350
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 0.96 $18.41 $38,290

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 50 0.34 1.74 $28.42 $59,110
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 60 0.31 1.60 $10.21 $21,250
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 0.96 $18.41 $38,290
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.17 0.89 $17.00 $35,350

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 50 0.34 1.74 $28.42 $59,110
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.45 $57,090
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $26.44 $55,000
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.39 $52,820
Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $24.17 $50,270


About May 2013 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014